Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Barry M Pale Green/Mint Ice Cream Nail Paint with Gosh Rainbow: NOTD, Review and Swatches

The Gosh Rainbow nail polish was such a find in the clearance bin in Superdrug last year when a lot of Gosh products were being sold-off and discontinued. Unfortunately it isn't widely available anymore but I'm pretty sure there's other brands who make similar clear polishes with iridescent 'flakies' as they're called. They create a really interesting effect in different lights and over different colours of polish.

Barry M Mint Ice Cream or Pale Green (the same colour just named differently as part of the Ice Cream collection from 2010) is a gorgeous colour but we don't always get along. It's probably the hardest polish to work with that I've ever used from Barry M as usually their polishes apply really well for me. This takes at least three coats which is a bit of a pain if you're painting your nails before bed like I usually do.  I do find that once I've applied it properly it is worth it. Also with the Rainbow polish over the top I think it looks even cuter.

I recently just indulged in the new Barry M Gelly Nail Paints and I'm already in love with Greenberry, a bright mint green/turquoise color. I love a good mint green!

Barry M Nail Paint in Pale Green/Mint Ice Cream - Barry M - £2.99

Also available in Boots and Superdrug stores.

Love Georgia xxx

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

MUA Professional Eyeshadow Trio in Innocence: Review, Swatches and Looks

This is without a doubt the best value eyeshadow trio you can buy. For £2.50 you get 3 gorgeous metallic shades which can be worn separately or together in different combinations to get a different look. I've had this for ages now and I always go back to it for daytime or night-time looks.

I'd compare the finish and formula of these to metallic shades in Sleek palettes. They apply smoothly with a shiny, metallic finish, as if you've used a wet brush, so it would be really easy for beginners to get the perfect smoky look. I wouldn't have expect baked eye shadows to apply so softly and with so much pigmentation because they're typically quite hard to apply and dry in texture. If you're a fan of matte shadows or ones with a slight sheen, these probably aren't for you though as they definitely bring the shimmer!

Like with any type of eyeshadow, I always apply Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath to stop my oily eyelids creasing any eyeshadow. I find they last the normal amount of time on me without creasing, around 6-8 hours.

The lightest shade is a champagne colour, which is always useful to have for highlighting and also as an easy all over lid colour. These eye shadows are super shimmery so I wouldn't use as an under eyebrow highlight unless I wanted a really dramatic look. MUA also do a similar single eyeshadow shade for £1 called 'Shade 1'.

The middle shade is a lovely gold which isn't too warm or too cool toned so should suit most skintones. I'd heard that this is similar to Mac eyeshadow in Patina but I can't confirm that as I don't own it.

The darkest shade is a red toned brown with a green duo-chrome, which I've heard is similar to/a possible dupe of MAC eyeshadow in Club. I'm pretty sure this is the same or similar to one of the MUA single shadows, Shade 12 I think, if you just wanted this one colour.

I thought I'd demonstrate how this trio can be used in different ways to get three different looks. Not too shabby for £2.50!

These photos make the lighter two shades look really sheer, unfortunately my camera sees shimmery eyeshadows and goes 'ooh shiny!'. Also I was experimenting with the lighting and camera settings but I think I may have finally mastered them *fingers crossed*

This is the kind of look I wear daily now, if I'm wearing eyeshadow at all. A light lid using the lightest shade with the darkest shade smudged into the lashes and blended slightly upwards. I also used a mixture of the middle and darkest shades on the bottom lash line but that's not necessary if you don't want a smoky look.

Next is the middle shade all over with the darker shade added into the crease for warmth and definition. I also used the darkest shade underneath and the lightest shade in the inner corner and added gel liner on the top lashline, waterline and tightline.


Finally I used the darkest shade all over and underneath the eyes with the lightest colour in the inner corner and added eyeliner again. This is a great one for all eye colours as the darkest colour is so complex that it brings out all eye shades.

For these looks I also used:
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Brown
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

MUA Professional Trio Eyeshadow in Innocence - MUA Store or Superdrug - £2.50

Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Boots, Debenhams and New Look: Haul and Mini Reviews 31/1/13

When the going gets tough, the tough go to Boots and buy things they don't need. It's also totally socially acceptable to go to Wetherspoons and demolish a burger, chips and onion rings with a pint of cider on a Friday lunchtime instead of getting on with some work. I think I'll miss this part of the student lifestyle when I graduate.

Deep Red Suedette Chelsea Wedges - New Look - £15

I couldn't resist these as they were on promotion for £15 instead of £22.99! I'm a real wimp when it comes to shoes (or standing up for any length of time in general) so I can be quite picky with heels. These felt like they shouldn't be too painful because of the mid-high wedge paired with the added support you get from more boot type shoes. If I was on TOWIE or Made in Chelsea these would totes be daytime shoes yah! Unfortunately I bought these in store about a week and a half ago and they're now sold out online but they might still be in stores.

Hydraluron - Boots - £24.99

After reading great reviews of this and realising that the problems I'd been having with my skin was because it was dehydrated rather than severely dry, I decided to give it a go. Having a gift card from Christmas definitely softened the blow (surprisingly it took me a whole month to use it!) because the price is quite steep but I'd gotten to the point where I felt like nothing I tried worked

The science behind Hydraluron is that it a serum which contains pure hyaluronic acid which it claims helps lock in moisture so your skin isn't losing moisture due to the weather and any moisturiser you use on top will get a boost. So far, so good with this actually. The flaky skin on my nose which has looked terrible and flaky for ages has definitely improved so much, which definitely makes it worth the money for me! Full review to come once I've used it for a longer period of time because it's not even been two weeks yet.

Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream - Boots - £18 (Currently £12)

This was a total impulse buy as it was next to Hydraluron and had a third off! I'd eyed this up weeks before and liked the way it looked on the back of my hand but didn't feel the need to buy it there and then. I'm glad I didn't because it was only £12 instead of the usual £18. This BB cream is quite well suited to my skin because it isn't drying and I've worn it a couple of times since but can't make up my mind on how I feel about it and the whole BB concept. Again, there's a full review to come once I've worn this and fully made my mind up on it.

Boots Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream - Boots - £3.89

I didn't realise Boots did their own range for dry/sensitive/eczema prone skins which is found in the pharmacy section. Even though I love a good scented cream for my body, I do like to have an unscented cream for when I don't fancy all the extra fragrance. Also I thought this would be great for my wintery dry elbows and knees or other dry patches but I've actually found it works well as a foot cream as well. This is quite heavy with a similar texture to a body butter but they also do a light version if that's more your thing.

Bobble Bottle Filter in Magenta - Boots - £7

I love my Bobble bottle! I carry it everywhere with me and drink from it constantly when I'm in the house so I don't mind having to buy new filters every few months to keep the water tasting fresh. Bobble bottles filter tap water as you drink it so you don't get the off taste that some tap waters have - the water in my area tastes like chlorine yum.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - Debenhams - £15 (Currently £13.50 online)

I'd wanted this for ages but had never gotten round to buying it. I've had my original bottle of primer potion since 2009 and it's still going strong even though I always use it to stop the excess oil on my eyelids making my eye shadow crease. The Eden formula has yellow based, skin tone coloured pigments that will conceal any discolouration or veins on your eyelids before using eye shadows, which is a great idea for people like me who have visible veins but need a good primer.

However this is a little tricky. So far I haven't had a chance to probably try this out with a proper eye shadow look but when I've worn it alone it always creases. I've read reviews which say you need the tiniest amount to stop that but I'm still not getting the hang of it. I definitely need to give this a proper go so once I figure it out I'll review it and if my final opinion is negative I'll probably sell it on eBay and try something else.

I'm really excited for the Easter holidays so that I can do a complete blog design overhaul! Also I can't wait to get loads of reviews posted and sort out my 50 followers giveaway.

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

50 Followers! Giveaway Coming Soon!

I just let out a little scream! I'm so happy to have reached 50 followers through Google Friend Connect! Thank you to everyone who has read my ramblings and to everyone who takes the time to leave a comment.

I started this blog at the end of June 2012 and so far I've loved blogging. However starting my 3rd and final year of University has kept blogging to a minimum at times so thank you for sticking around. Once my dissertations out of the way I'm sure I'll feel a 9,000 word weight lifted off my shoulders and I'll be diving into creating posts and things like trying out new products and nail art. I'm also hoping once I have less uni work to worry about, that I can dedicate some time to redesign this blog and work on taking pictures of products.

I started this blog as a hobby and a way to voice my love and opinion of all things beauty and fashion. To be completely honest, I didn't think anyone would be bothered! I'm still amazed at the amount of hits this blog gets just from people searching for product reviews and swatches on Google.

I've thought for a while that 50 followers through Google was a target I wanted to reach and that I wanted to do a giveaway to thank the people who read my blog. I already have one or two of the prizes but I may pick up something else if anything catches my eye. That will definitely be coming up in the next few weeks so look out for it.

Thanks again :)

Love Georgia xx

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Primark Haul: A Few Essentials? 30/1/12

I popped into Primark last Wednesday after an extremely boring lecture for a bit of retail therapy and to get some new jeans because my blue jeans are now too big *air punch*! Of course I couldn't resist a few other goodies so I thought I'd share them as I know I love seeing Primark hauls.

Skinny Jeans in Vintage - £9

I'll start with the jeans. Firstly I got the pair on the left, a classic blue denim perfect for spring/summer. However I didn't try them on in store and when I got them home I realised they're not the Primark Super Soft kind I like and just their Skinny type. They're a stiffer material like typical jeans and I wasn't keen on how they felt on, which is sad because I love the colour. Think I'm going to hold out for a similar colour in the Super Soft type and return these. I'm all about the comfort!

Super Soft Skinny Jeans in 'Retro Look' - £11

As well as looking for a lighter, classic blue colour I also wanted a pair in this darker denim wash. These Super Soft jeans feel a lot softer than typical jeans and stretch a lot easier a bit like jeggings. Primark do these in a range of colours, sizes and lengths so there's a pair for everyone. 

Studded Clutch Bag in Blush - £6

Obviously not an essential buy but somehow this little beauty ended up in my hands! I've been resisting getting one of these since I first saw them but I couldn't resist the nude faux leather colour with gold studs. It maybe not as versatile as the black one but I tend to wear black a lot when I go out so I'm trying to avoid adding more.

Slouchy Stretch Jumper in Pink - £6

I love these jumpers; I've already got one in the grey marl colour which appeared in this Primark haul and since then I've worn it loads. They're so cheap at £6 but really soft and slouchy so perfect for cold days out or wrapping up to go into uni. They're a little sheer so I tend to wear a vest underneath mine but I love that these keep you warm but aren't too stuffy at the same time. I hadn't seen this colour in these jumpers before so I think Primark must have brought out new colours for spring as there was also a gorgeous duck egg blue colour which my friend bought too. 

Black and White Fade String Top - £6

A quick addition from a quick dash I did around Primark a couple of weeks ago. I was desperately hunting for an outfit to wear for a friend's birthday night out and had no luck so I quickly grabbed this in Primark thinking it would be perfect for a more casual going out look. It actually ended up snowing so badly that any plans for a big night out were exchanged for a night in the pub so I just wore this with a burgundy vest underneath tucked into denim shorts with biker boots. The material is strange as the strings feel kind of spongy and plastic but it doesn't look as unflattering on as it does on the hanger.

I've loved Primark for ages now (since back in the day when my mother could spend £50 and come away with bags and bags of stuff) and I really like how they've continued to create great fashion for a lot less than other shops. Their customer service could use a bit of work but I'll forgive them for that one thing!

Love Georgia xxx

Saturday, 2 February 2013

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